UN worried about fate of Syrian families amidst harsh winter
(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) NEW YORK, Jan 8 (KUNA) -- The UN Monday said intense military operations in northern Syria forced families, who lived under harsh cold weather, to flee to areas which lack basic needs.
Some of the areas in Syria witness an escalation of military operations, and more than 13 million people inside the country need basic needs and safe havens, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told a press briefing.
He expressed concern over the safety of tens of thousands of people in southern Idleb and Hama, northeast of Syria, where hostilities killed and injured hundreds of civilians.
Dujarric said since last month fighting displaced tens of thousands of civilians who were living in difficult conditions.
He also expressed concern over the fighting in eastern Ghouta, where civilians were killed or injured. He also cited disturbing reports that air strikes destroyed the only medical center in the besieged area in eastern Ghouta.
He said that Mark Lowcock, UN Humanitarian Coordinator, would visit Syria tomorrow and meet with government officials to assess the response to humanitarian needs. (end) asf.bs
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